I got this in an email from a good friend wanting my thoughts on it. Honestly, I'm speechless. I see the raucous humor, but I'm also scandalized. I like to think I have a good sense of humor, but this makes me shake my head.
From what I can tell this is a real commercial made for a company called Wilkinson Sword. Apparently they've been around for 100 years. Personally, I've never heard of them before. Anthony says his family had a knife made by them.
The email text only said:
who can spot the racist and sexist elements first?
Indeed. I invite you all to do the same.
But then... enter the male voice in my household. He asks me how this is so different from the Philip's Body Groom song?
Here it is.
I find it hilariously funny. But I am put off by the whole concept that we must be hairless to be attractive and I think it's unfair to vilify hairy dudes. Do I find it so funny because it's a man and they're historically in a position of power? That they have more of a choice in the matter? Is that the difference here?
Why do I feel like a traitor for laughing at the second video? Why do I become so overwhelmed with sadness when I see the first? Why is it all so complicated?